During this difficult time, the quality of air we breathe is of utmost importance. It cannot be denied that it will play a crucial role in minimizing viral transmission. As gradually people are returning to their place of work, landlords and employers are challenged with optimizing the operational performance of the buildings and offices to the greatest extent possible. This will be necessary to minimize the risk and to give employees’ peace of mind.
Why should we care about Air Quality during the COVID-19 Outbreak?
Poor air quality has led to higher rates of sickness way before COVID-19 arrived at our doorsteps. It is especially harmful to people with respiratory conditions and older adults. These people are most at risk of developing serious symptoms with the new virus. Poor air quality can lead to symptom flare-ups, which in turn can lead to a trip to the hospital that can increase the risk of getting infected. Therefore, during this pandemic, good air quality is indispensable, especially for susceptible populations.
Factors affecting Indoor Air Quality
IAQ standards for office buildings are caused more due to dust and volatile organic compounds (VOCs). These commonly arise from carpets, furniture, and cleaning products. On the contrary, a manufacturing facility might be more concerned with carbon monoxide, or VOCs arising from paints and solvents.
Additionally, some of these pollutants are carried in from outside, and when combined with inside factors, they can lead to high levels, eventually becoming an indoor air quality issue. Therefore, it may be appropriate to measure additional pollutants depending on your specific concerns.
Aside from pollutants that deteriorate air quality, poorly ventilated spaces also pose a risk with regard to virus transmission. In spaces that lack fresh air flow, people will breathe and rebreathe the same air continuously. Now, if someone in a room is infected, the virus may linger in airborne droplets and can be inhaled by others.
How do you improve Indoor Air Quality?
Indoor air quality monitoring is most valuable when done regularly. It can be used as part of a long-term strategy for maintaining a healthy building by helping you:
- Understand and evaluate your building’s current indoor air quality.
- Take targeted action to reduce pollutants and fix ventilation issues in areas with poor indoor air quality.
- Utilize alerts and notifications to stay within desirable indoor air quality parameters
- Reassure employees and other stakeholders that indoor air is safe by sharing dashboard data as needed.
Need a knowledgeable and an experienced partner to improve the IAQ?
If you’re looking for guidance on improving your organization’s indoor air quality, Equinox Labs can help.
We specialize in Indoor Air Quality Monitoring and have helped many companies identify specific air quality issues and address them proactively. We tailor our services to your organization or building’s requirements, and we’ll also help you decipher all that data, and offer recommendations about ways you can minimize pollutants and improve your organization’s overall air quality. Schedule a call with our team today!